Archives for October 2015

Research Centers’ Day next Tuesday afternoon

Flyer for Nov 3Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the research centers day for the purposes of (a) exploring the assets and facilities accessible to researchers (b) finding new research collaboration partners and ideas and (c) developing larger institutional-wide research portfolios.


11th ISC Poster Presentation

The Intelligent Systems Center has announced its annual Poster Presentation for November 16, 2015 (Monday), 3:00-5:00 pm (awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m), Havener Center Upper Atrium.The campus is invited to see samples of the excellent research being conducted by graduate students and faculty at ISC.

Three prizes will be given: 1st prize: $600, 2nd prize: $300, 3rd prize: $150.  For more information call Dr. Jag Sarangapani.

ISC Lists Members Receiving Honors/Awards in 2015


Marvelous accomplishments from an enviable collection of researchers!ISC Meeting Presentation (10_29_2015) 1

ISC Meeting Presentation (10_29_2015)

ISC Meeting Presentation (10_29_2015)3

2015 ISC Distinguished Investigator Award

Congats Frank!

Frank Liou is the recipient of the 2015 ISC Distinguished Investigator Award. The Award consists of a plaque and $1,500 prize.
The ISC Distinguished Investigator Award recipient is selected annually from ISC Members. It is decided by a panel of three judges based mainly on the ISC Member Annual Reports for the previous three calendar years, using the following three criteria:
1) external grants
2) publications
3) graduate students mentored

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Intelligent Systems Center lists new members for 2015

Director Ming Leu gathered the 60+ members of ISC Thursday to  discuss a New ISC Members; 2015 ISC Distinguished Investigator Award; ISC Members Receiving Campus Promotions; ISC Members Receiving Honors & Awards; Grants Received and Proposals Submitted by ISC Members; ISC Financial Summary; ISC Thrust Areas; 11th ISC Poster Presentation; Missouri S&T Research Centers Day; CAMT Additive Manufacturing Showcase; 2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop; Change of NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures; Faculty Hiring in Advanced Manufacturing Signature Area; National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and Federal Funding Opportunities from NSF, DOD, DOE, NIST, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

New members so far this semester include:

  • Egemen Cetinkaya, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Lianyi Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • David Enke, Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
  • Jhi-Young Joo, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jie Huang, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jonghyun Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Simone Silvestri, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Zeyi Sun, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering 
  • Douglas Bristow, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Sajal Das, Department Chair and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair, Department of Computer Science
  • Maciej Zawodniok, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Suzanna Long, Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Faculty and Staff of OSP and Research Centers Holiday Lunch

Christmas Luncheon is only for the OVPR staff as well as research center and OTTED directors and their staffOSP Holiday Lunch Flyer

Faculty/Graduate Student Entrepreneurship

Faculty/Graduate Student Entrepreneurship

Tuesday November 17th @ 4:00pm – Technology Development Center

 Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Technology Transfer & Economic Development (TTED) Office presents an educational offering and tools to better inform faculty, researchers and graduate students considering entrepreneurship. It is believed that with better information and understanding, a researcher‐entrepreneur will either be more successful with licensed IP or in their business ventures.

Leveraging the assets and skill‐set of Missouri S&T’s TTED Office, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and area entrepreneurs, TTED will offer an 8-week series of workshops (beginning in the January 2016) focused on educating faculty, researchers and graduate students on the methodology and aspects of entrepreneurship, business ownership and navigating University rules. The basis for these offerings would be the Business Model Canvas and Lean Launch Pad developed by Steve Blank and adopted by the NSF I-Corps program. With NSF, and now NIH, moving in this direction, working through your individual Business Model Canvas and developing the Lean Launch Pad will be useful in achieving the University’s goals and personal/professional development.

Join us on November 17th at 4:00pm in the Technology Development Center  to learn more about this 8-week workshop designed to help faculty and graduate students learn about methodologies and practices geared toward improving research and commercialization, starting and succeeding at running your own business,  and the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.


For more information and to RSVP contact John Woodson or call ext. 7544.


See solicitation


Letter of Intent Deadline Date:  November 9, 2015

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date:  January 14, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  April 8, 2016

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas:

  • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering(ACQUIRE)
  • New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)

Congratulations to Debra Wielms


Ms. Debra Wielms receives a plaque from Vice Provost Krishnamurthy marking her 10th year of service at Missouri S&T. Debra works in ‘pre-awards’ that portion of Sponsored Programs that helps faculty submit for grants. Debra works with the following academic departments: Engineering Management; Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Office of tech Transfer; and the associate deans of research at CASB and CEC.

Save the Date – January 13 2016

OSP is contracting with Meg Bouvier Medical Writing to conduct a day-long grant writing workshop during the semester break.  After several years of focus on NSF this year we decided to look into NIH opportunities. Hold that date of Wednesday January 13 for this event.

Here is a sample of Meg Bouvier’s blog.

Remember the NIH R56 Funding Mechanism?

Anyone remember the NIH R56 funding mechanism? Started in 2005, the goal of the R56 is to provide 1-2 years of funding to promising submissions that are outside the funding range. Two important things to know about the R56:

  • You may not apply directly. The recipients are typically chosen by program staff. Need I continue to beat my “get to know your program officer” drum? Please, please develop a relationship with your NIH PO whenever possible. They are more important to your career than you think, in many ways.
  • Applications chosen are not necessarily just outside the funding range. While the description of the award does state it is for “R01 applications with priority scores or percentiles that fall just outside the funding limits”, it goes on to state that “Nominees for the award must be in the most meritorious half of the priority or percentile range” (i.e., not triaged). Of the few clients I know who have been selected for an R56 over the years, in one memorable instance the grantee had an R01 ranked 30%, but the PO knew him well and strongly believed in his work (see “get to know your PO” above).

NIA recently issued a blog stating that they will be aggressively utilizing the R56 in response to fierce competition for a limited pool of money. Robin Barr, Director of Extramural Research at NIA, states:

“Instead of setting an R56 funding line and paying applications in order of how they performed in review, we asked program staff to choose applications that we could not otherwise fund, based on the degree to which the proposal’s merit (and so the score given to a subsequent submission) might be improved by a single year of funding.”

Has anyone heard if any other ICs plan to increase use of the R56?Meg Bouvier